Nothing makes me happier than seeing a talented artist like Adam Reeder receive recognition. Better yet, a check coming with the accolades is even more cause for applause.
The minute I saw photos of Adam Reeder’s art in late December, I saw and heard him speaking two languages with his work. For every thought that Adam articulates, an unconscious one seeps out of his mind and into his forms and images.
Being a Mac person with an equal interest in Greco-Roman gods and iconic Greek sculptures — especially when interacting with themes of gender, sensuality, religion and technology — I believe that Adam’s work is original, incredibly fresh and intellectually provocative.
He’s avoiding some of the controversial subjects for now but I’m dying for him to go there. Religion and female sensuality would be perfect. It’s already bubbling in some of his other work.
In the same way that operas are trying to understand the best way to engage the younger generation by making opera relevant to their worldview, Adam’s sculptures engage a younger generation with concepts of civilization in a modern context.
I don’t see Greek gods being a common topic of discussion with gamers, but ‘Pan with his iPod’ is a conversation generator.
Speaking with Nicholas Forrest of Art Market Blog about his ‘Socio-Technic Evolution’ series, Adam said:
Pan with his mp3 player is the first in the series. It has won first place in the spring show at the San Francisco Academy of art university, as well as getting into other shows. My goal was to combine iconic Grecian images, and god’s with well known technological objects. The Grecian images and god’s were to represent western culture. The Greco-Roman empires are known as the root of western culture. I avoided using anything from the Cartesian time periods so as to keep the religious contexts out of the discourse.